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January 28, 2019

 Nursing students participate in active learning seminar to ensure career readiness

photo of interview sessions
On Wednesday, January 23, 110 Columbus State nursing students participated in a career readiness event. The event was offered to nursing students in their final semester and consisted of a Career Fair and a Career Readiness Seminar to help prepare students for entry into the nursing profession.

During the Career Fair portion of the event, community healthcare partners provided students the opportunity to discover, explore, and learn about various career options.  Students engaged prospective employers while learning about area healthcare organizations.

During the Career Readiness Seminar, students rotated through a variety of learning stations. Columbus State’s Career Services was on-hand to review student resumes and provide immediate feedback on how each student could improve his or her resume. Career Services also provided a variety of tools and resources for students to reference regarding cover letters, resume writing, and interviewing. Several hiring managers from OhioHealth and recruiters from OSU Wexner Medical Center performed mock interviews with each student and provided suggestions on how they might improve their interview process.

Many students said they were grateful for the learning opportunity and that they felt much more prepared and confident to enter the profession of nursing upon graduation.



Reminder: Livestream of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration Wednesday

All seating is booked for Wednesday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration, but you can still livestream the event from your desk. The event with keynote speaker Dr. Michael Eric Dyson will kick off at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday and is expected to last until approximately noon. Open livestream (no password required) will be hosted at

Aspiring Leaders ERG to Host workshop on leadership

Join the Aspiring Leaders ERG for a pop-up workshop led by Columbus State instructor Jeremy Banta on how to determine your own personal leadership philosophy and how to communicate it to those you lead. The workshop is noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, January 31 in the Library Media Studio.

Jeremy Banta, who coordinates the college’s Supply Chain Management program, is a recently-retired Army Lieutenant Colonel with over 30 years of experience in the civilian and military logistics industry. His military career includes 15 years full-time service in the Ohio National Guard as a senior logistician and deployments to Iraq and Kuwait, as well as hurricane relief in Louisiana and Nicaragua. From 2001 to 2005, he commanded the 1485th Transportation Company, Ohio National Guard, which included being deployed in 2003-2004 in Balad, Iraq running daily transportation missions. His unit received the Meritorious Unit Citation for its actions in combat and was one of the first units awarded the Combat Action Streamer. Refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions about the Aspiring Leaders ERG, contact Tywan Banks or Charlie Boss.


Columbus State social media team meeting

Columbus State employees who manage institutional social media accounts or are interested in launching social media accounts should attend the College's Social Media Team meeting 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5 at the Library Media Studio. The group will review an update to the College's social media guidelines as well as discuss key events for the coming calendar year. If you have any questions, please contact Charlie Boss.



Fight Back: Safety, Stalking and Domestic Violence

Fight Back: Safety, Stalking and Domestic Violence is an interactive panel presentation that will be held on Wednesday, February 6 in the Library Media Studio from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Presented in partnership with Columbus State's Office of Equity and Compliance, this free event is open to staff, students and the public and will cover topics such as:

* Obtaining a restraining order/order of protection
* Assistance with domestic violence/sex trafficking
* Stalking and harassment
* Campus safety and security
* Victim rights
* An understanding of the court system process

Speakers include Franklin County Common Pleas judges Jaiza Page and Stephen Macintosh, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien and representatives from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and Columbus State Community College Police Department. Resources from the college and community will be available at the event and light refreshments will be served.



Mental Health First Aid Training

Similar to first aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches individuals how to help those experiencing mental health challenges or crises. Mental health challenges – such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use – are common in the United States. In fact, more than one in five American adults will have a mental health problem in any given year. Identified on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, the training helps the public better identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses. Mental Health First Aid is being offered free of charge at Columbus State thanks to a grant from the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County.

MHFA will be offered on Wednesday, March 13 from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. on the Columbus Campus.  Individuals must commit to attending the entire eight-hour training. If you are not able to attend the entire training, please do not register; allowing someone else the opportunity to attend.

Click here to register. For questions about the training please contact Dr. Ameena Kemavor.


Fifth Annual Women's Leadership Summit and Awards

Columbus State Community College's fifth annual Women's Leadership Summit and Awards will be held Thursday, March 21. This summit is designed to provide meaningful intergenerational connection opportunities in addition to focusing on leadership development, personal and intellectual growth. This year's theme is 'W.O.M.E.N.':

W: Women are without limits 

O: Women for Ohio 

M: Women’s mental health matters

E: All deserve equity 

N: We champion non-conformity 


Workshop Proposal Applications: We are currently seeking workshop presenters for the summit. If you are interested in facilitating a break-out session, please fill out a workshop proposal at The deadline to submit a workshop proposal is March 1, 2019.

Outstanding Woman Leader Award and Legacy and Leadership Award: Do you know an outstanding woman leader? Now is the time to nominate a Columbus State student, faculty or staff member for the Outstanding Woman Leader Award and the Legacy and Leadership Award by completing and submitting a nomination form. To submit a nomination for the Outstanding Woman Leader Award, please visit this link. For the Legacy and Leadership Award (Faculty/Staff nominations only), please visit this link. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2019. 

If you have any questions, please contact Katrina de los Santos or Jasmine Marks.


Open Education Resources (OER) and Copyright Workshops in the Library

The Library is hosting a series of OER and Copyright workshops led by OER Faculty Fellows. Workshop topics include introductory OER, searching for OER, adoption process, open licenses, and fair use.  Faculty and staff may register for workshops in Cornerstone, where a search for “OER” in the Learning section will display the workshop offerings.

The OER initiative, called “Open Texts at Columbus State,” is now underway. In the first cohort, 25 faculty teams and individuals are working to significantly reduce or completely eliminate student textbook cost by adapting or creating OER for their courses. If you are interested in participating in the second or third cohort of Open Texts for project work beginning summer or autumn semesters, please visit for more information. The deadline for faculty intention forms is March 22, 2019. For questions, please contact OER Librarian Rachel Dilley.

Staff Advisory Council Notes

Go from the couch to running a 5K

Need help getting ready for the Columbus State Cougar Challenge 5K on May 4? Attend this workshop to learn training methods and ways to get in shape for the run. You will also hear from employees who recently started running.

 Wednesday, January 30
Noon in WD 1094

Dustin Iacovone, College Recreation and Wellness
Jackie Jenkins and Michael Hicks, 5K Ambassadors

Attendees will receive a registration discount for attendance and will be entered into a prize drawing.

RSVP to Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator at or x3989 by 1/29 at 4 p.m.

Support Columbus State basketball

Join the Staff Advisory Council as we support our women’s and men’s Basketball teams.

Columbus State Community College vs Lakeland Community College
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Location: Columbus State Community College

 Women’s game: 5:30 pm

Men’s game: 7:30 pm






Kudos and Welcomes

Lorraine Astrop - Office Associate, Psychology and Education

Jason Stover - System Specialist, Admissions

Lynn McNish - Advisor, Center for Advising Support & Exploration

Rick Hyatt - Instructor, Business Programs

Erica Noll - College Transition Specialist, Center for Advising Support & Exploration

Allison Franz - College Transition Specialist, Center for Advising Support & Exploration

Devan Quitter - Communications Technician, Police Comm & Admin

Allante Booker - College Transition Specialist, Center for Advising Support & Exploration

Amber Herro - College Transition Specialist, Center for Advising Support & Exploration

Candace Allen - Advisor, International Student Services

Jason Love - Program Coordinator, Compensation and Benefits

Jerry Wade - Senior Analyst, Institutional Effectiveness

Kevin Bowen - Groundskeeper 1, Grounds

Laura Baisden - Advisor, Student Central

Jolene Broshious - Program Coordinator, Equity and Compliance

Christine Wears - Office Associate, Business Programs

Katrina De Los Santos - Specialist, Global Diversity and Inclusion

Melanie Watts - Specialist, TRIO and Special Projects

Chaylee Liberator - Supervisor, Business and Industry

Monique Profitt - Project Specialist, Student and Academic Success

Jacquelyn Hurst - Business Partner, Human Resources

Valerie Powers - Instructor, Biological and Physical Sciences

Kimberly Stein - Instructor, Nursing


New Opportunities

Material Handler, Business and Admin Services - Requisition No. 2347

Specialist, Human Resources - Requisition No. 2338

Specialist, Student Central - Requisition No. 2345



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